There is no better way to bring friends together then over a glass (or two) of robust wine. Throwing your own tasting is the perfect excuse to get those friends together. Typically, these types of wine parties are held in wine making parts of the world, with tables overlooking the grape vines. Yet there is no good reason why wine country can’t come to your own backyard.
If you make the right choices in music, food, decorations and of course wine, your wine country party will have the same feel as those being hosted in Napa Valley. Make your backyard the backdrop, and the wine will take care of the rest.
Get Your Backyard Ready
To make it as an exotic locale as possible, have plenty of live plants in your flower beds and in potted containers around the patio and deck. This will give your yard a country flair to enhance your party. If you have a dog that is usually free to roam the yard, make sure that he is tied up tight for the event. Better yet, use a wireless K9 fence to keep him confined to a certain area away from the party. With a wireless pet containment system, he still has the freedom he craves, while you are treated to a safe pet and a pet free zone in your yard.
The music you choose should match the region from which the wine you are serving is from. Cumbia and rumba is fun with Spanish wines, while French café music will set the mood if you are featuring wines from France. If you are hosting a California wine tasting you can have some real fun and play the Beach Boys and other music from the Golden state.
You will also need to serve food for your wine country party. Finger foods are always more fun as they help to keep the party casual. A variety of cheeses with crackers, antipasto salads and finger sandwiches are all good choices. You could even go a bit fancier and have a grill set up to serve hot seared shrimp, scallops, lobster tails and chicken breasts. Light food is best for these types of events in order for the guests to truly appreciate the variety of wines.
The wine you choose should be themed in some wine, and preferably by region. Some people have success with just a white or red party, but there are always discerning guests whose preference is not being met.
A wine country party is something unexpected and daring for a summer evening of fun. If you plan ahead and theme the party right, you and your guests are likely to make this a yearly tradition.